If you are interested in knowing how and why our judicial system functions as it does, this course provides you with in-depth knowledge covering much of what a practicing lawyer uses in the areas of criminal and civil law. We will use real-life cases to see how the relevant legal theories and practices are in play. For example, we will use the death of Trayvon Martin (State of Florida v. George Zimmerman) and the trial of O.J. Simpson to illustrate what attorneys do to represent, prepare, strategize, and conduct themselves before and during a trial.
To do justice to what is considered one of the best systems of jurisprudence in the world, this course is divided into two parts. We will cover criminal law in this fall semester. Part two, offered next spring as a separate course, will cover civil law. Each topic will be covered via film lectures presented by law school attorneys with class discussion following each lecture.
Instructor Paul Somoza is a graduate of Fordham Law School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health with a degree in health care administration. He retired from Maine General Medical Center as director of education and organizational development. He lives in Newcastle with his wife, Kay Ann.
Members must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to register for this course.
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